Club shortlisted for the best National Lottery funded sports project
The clock is ticking! Help support the Auld Reekie Roller Girls to become the top sports project at this year's National Lottery awards. The Auld Reekie Roller Girls are a not-for-profit, grassroots, flat track roller derby team in Edinburgh. As well as being high-octane, competitive and fun, roller derby is also an accessible sport for women regardless of their background. The club's "Skate Skills 101" has been highlighted for the national award.
The "Skate Skills 101" programme takes new skaters from their first nervous strides to a full understanding of the sport of roller derby. On signing up, participants are encouraged to have their own equipment - something that can be a barrier to entering the sport. With National Lottery funding, the club have been able to offer free kit on loan to at least 20 skaters.
One of the team's newest recruits, Rhona, says: "I sheepishly walked into a room of strangers for a roller derby taster session last December, fully prepared to fail miserably. I was no picture of elegance on skates but by the end of the session I felt bloody awesome.
"Following the taster session I looked into how I could join Skate Skills and be on my way to becoming a kickass derby queen, but was concerned how I would manage financially.
"Thinking about buying kit for a sport that could end up like all of my other fitness endeavours (failures) was daunting. But then I found out about the loaner kits. Now I had no excuses.
"Over the weeks I have become a red faced, out of breath, sweaty, helmet-hair wearing skater. Roller derby has changed my attitude towards how I feel about my body and what it can do."
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